Remove FLV Player by Somoto Ltd (Removal Guide)

FLV Player by Somoto LTD is a potentially unwanted program, which is promoted via other free downloads, and while this program itself is not a virus, during its setup process users will be prompted to install adware and browser hijackers on their computers.
[Image: FLV Player by  Somoto LTD]
FLV Player is a video converting application that is typically added when you install another free software (video recording/streaming, download-managers or PDF creators) that had bundled into their installation this program. Very often users have no idea where did it come from, so it’s not surprising at all that most of them assume that FLV Player is a virus. This program is also bundled within the custom installer on many reputable download sites, so if you have downloaded a software from these websites, chances are that FLV Player was installed during the software setup process.

FLV Player it’s technically not a virus, but it does exhibit plenty of malicious traits, such as rootkit capabilities to hook deep into the operating system, browser hijacking, and in general just interfering with the user experience. The industry generally refers to it as a “PUP,” or potentially unwanted program.

The FLV Player installer is packed with the Webcake adware, Babylon browser hijacker, Optimizer Pro registry cleaner and other malicious or unwanted programs.


If you agree to install this adware programs, your browser homepage and default search engine will be changed, and you will see advertising banners and adware pop-ups on the webpages that you are visiting.
When you uninstall FLV Player from your computer, your web browser’s default settings will not be restored, and this malicious programs will not be removed.

You should always pay attention when installing software because often, a software installer includes optional installs, such as this FLV Player. Be very careful what you agree to install.
Always opt for the custom installation and deselect anything that is not familiar, especially optional software that you never wanted to download and install in the first place. It goes without saying that you should not install software that you don’t trust.

How to remove FLV Player (Virus Removal Guide)

This page is a comprehensive guide, which will remove FLV Player pop-ups from your computer, and any other adware program that may have been installed during the the setup process.
Please perform all the steps in the correct order. If you have any questions or doubt at any point, STOP and ask for our assistance.
STEP 1: Uninstall FLV Player program from your computer
STEP 2: Remove FLV Player adware with AdwCleaner
STEP 3: Remove FLV Player virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free
STEP 4: Double-check for the FLV Player infection with HitmanPro

STEP 1 : Uninstall FLV Player programs from your computer

In this first step, we will try to identify and remove any malicious program that might be installed on your computer.

  1. To uninstall the FLV Player program from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, click the Start button, then click on the Control Panel menu option.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows Start Menu]
    If you are using Windows 8, simply drag your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, select Search from the list and search for “control panel” .Or you can right-click on a bottom left hot corner (formerly known as the Start button) and select Control Panel from there.
    [Image: Control Panel in Windows 8]
  2. When the Control Panel window opens click on the Uninstall a program option under Programs category. This option is shown by the arrow in the image below. If you are using the Classic View of the Control Panel, then you would double-click on the Programs and Features icon instead.
    [Image: Uninstall a program]
  3. When the “Programs and Features” or the “Uninstall a Program” screen is displayed, scroll through the list of currently installed programs and uninstall FLV Player, V-bates, PriceMeter, Supra Savings, weDownload Manager, PureLead, Search Assist, Re-Markable, Zombie Alert, Wajam, Coupon Server, Lollipop, HD-Total-Plus, BlockAndSurf, Safe Saver, SupTab, Search Protect, Lollipop, Software Updated Version, DP1815, Video Player, Convert Files for Free, Plus-HD 1.3, BetterSurf, Trusted Web, PassShow, LyricsBuddy-1, PureLeads, Media Player 1.1, RRSavings, Feven Pro 1.2, Websteroids, Savings Bull, TidyNetwork, Search Snacks, MyPC BackupRe-markit and any other recently installed unknown program from your computer.To view the most recently installed programs, you can click on the “Installed On” column to sort your program by the installation date. Scroll though the list, and uninstall any unwanted or unknown programs.
    [Image: Uninstall FLV Player from Windows]
    If you are having issues while trying to uninstall the FLV Player program, you can use Revo Uninstaller to completly remove the unwated programs from your machine.

STEP 2: Remove FLV Player adware from your computer with AdwCleaner

The AdwCleaner utility will scan your computer and web browser for the “FLV Player” malicious files, browser extensions and registry keys, that may have been installed on your computer without your knowledge.

  1. You can download AdwCleaner utility from the below link.
    ADWCLEANER DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will automatically download AdwCleaner on your computer)
  2. Before starting AdwCleaner, close all open programs and internet browsers, then double-click on the AdwCleaner icon.
    AdwCleaner Icon
    If Windows prompts you as to whether or not you wish to run AdwCleaner, please allow it to run.
  3. When the AdwCleaner program will open, click on the “Scan” button as shown below.
    Click on Scan button to find FLV Player virus
    AdwCleaner will now start to search for the “FLV Player” malicious files that may be installed on your computer.
  4. To remove the “FLV Player” malicious files that were detected in the previous step, please click on the “Clean” button.
    Remove FLV Player virus with AdwCleaner
  5. AdwCleaner will now prompt you to save any open files or documents, as the program will need to reboot the computer. Please do so and then click on the OK button.
    AdwCleaner removing FLV Player virus

STEP 3: Remove FLV Player virus with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free uses industry-leading technology to detect and remove all traces of malware, including worms, Trojans, rootkits, rogues, dialers, spyware, and more.
It is important to note that Malwarebytes Anti-Malware works well and should run alongside antivirus software without conflicts.

  1. You can download download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware from the below link.
    MALWAREBYTES ANTI-MALWARE DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Free)
  2. Once downloaded, close all programs, then double-click on the icon on your desktop named “mbam-setup-consumer-2.00.xx” to start the installation of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware setup program]
    Picture of User Account Control You may be presented with a User Account Control dialog asking you if you want to run this file. If this happens, you should click “Yes” to continue with the installation.
  3. When the installation begins, you will see the Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard which will guide you through the installation process.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Setup Wizard]
    To install Malwarebytes Anti-Malware on your machine, keep following the prompts by clicking the “Next” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Final Setup Screen]
  4. Once installed, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will automatically start and you will see a message stating that you should update the program, and that a scan has never been run on your system. To start a system scan you can click on the “Fix Now” button.
    [Image: Click on the Fix Now button to start a scan]
    Alternatively, you can click on the “Scan” tab and select “Threat Scan“, then click on the “Scan Now” button.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware Threat Scan]
  5. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now check for updates, and if there are any, you will need to click on the “Update Now” button.
    [Image: Click on Update Now to update Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
  6. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now start scanning your computer for the FLV Player virus. When Malwarebytes Anti-Malware is scanning it will look like the image below.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware while performing a scan]
  7. When the scan has completed, you will now be presented with a screen showing you the malware infections that Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware has detected. To remove the malicious programs that Malwarebytes Anti-malware has found, click on the “Quarantine All” button, and then click on the “Apply Now” button.
    [Image: Remove FLV Player with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware]
    Please note that the infections found may be different than what is shown in the image.
  8. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware will now quarantine all the malicious files and registry keys that it has found. When removing the files, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware may require a reboot in order to remove some of them. If it displays a message stating that it needs to reboot your computer, please allow it to do so.
    [Image: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware removing FLV Player]
    After your computer will restart, you should open Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and perform another “Threat Scan” scan to verify that there are no remaining threats

STEP 4: Double-check for the FLV Player infection with HitmanPro

HitmanPro is a second opinion scanner, designed to rescue your computer from malware (viruses, trojans, rootkits, etc.) that have infected your computer despite all the security measures you have taken (such as anti-virus software, firewalls, etc.). HitmanPro is designed to work alongside existing security programs without any conflicts. It scans the computer quickly (less than 5 minutes) and does not slow down the computer.

  1. You can download HitmanPro from the below link:
    HITMANPRO DOWNLOAD LINK (This link will open a new web page from where you can download HitmanPro)
  2. Double-click on the file named “HitmanPro.exe” (for 32-bit versions of Windows) or “HitmanPro_x64.exe” (for 64-bit versions of Windows). When the program starts you will be presented with the start screen as shown below.
    [Image: HitmanPro start-up screen]
    Click on the “Next” button, to install HitmanPro on your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro setup options]
  3. HitmanPro will now begin to scan your computer for FLV Player malicious files.
    [Image: HitmanPro scanning for malware]
  4. When it has finished it will display a list of all the malware that the program found as shown in the image below. Click on the “Next” button, to remove FLV Player virus.
    [Image: HitmanPro scan results]
  5. Click on the “Activate free license” button to begin the free 30 days trial, and remove all the malicious files from your computer.
    [Image: HitmanPro Activate Free License]

Your computer should now be free of the FLV Player infection. If your current anti-virus solution let this infection through, you may want to consider purchasing the Premium version of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware to protect against these types of threats in the future, and perform regular computer scans with HitmanPro.
If you are still experiencing problems while trying to remove FLV Player adware from your machine, please start a new thread in our Malware Removal Assistance forum.

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  • John Fox

    Thanks so much!

  • Vanessa

    Thank you so much!! Your instructions were short and clear. Couldn’t done it without you, thanks!!!!!! :)

  • G.Y. Evan

    My Ex-girlfriend candidate tricked me as she gave me the link to download [app name censored], but it went to be this [NSFW word] malware. Guess, she took revenge for me rejecting her love.

    Anyway, Thanks for your help.

  • Matt D

    Problem solved! I used IObit Uninstaller and I was able to finally remove thee Somoto program and ALL of it’s associated files! Hope this helps someone else…

  • Kiki Koutsomitrou

    This worked perfect.Thank you!!!

  • robin

    I love you

  • paloma

    wonderful, thanks a lot for sharing your knowledge and explain it so clear! All the steps have detected Malware and remove it!

  • Name

    Like a CHARM!! Thank you so much for putting this info out there. Super annoying trying to work and constantly have some ad pop up or redirect me back to an original page.

  • tasha

    I think it worked. (crosses fingers and looks over shoulder). Thank you for this those darned pop ups aarrgh!!

  • John C

    This worked perfect 5 stars you guys rule

  • Lyndsi

    You have been infinitely helpful. Thanks Stelian!

  • Jonh Gen

    Awesome, it worked and I’ve been dealing with this while trying to browse for about 2 weeks. Kudos to the author and f–k the guy who wrote the malware.

  • Robbie Hakeem

    thank you so much. Very helpful

  • Keith

    Thank you for posting this. I picked up some annoying spyware/maleware downloading Steam. The steps above seem to have cleaned everything up.

  • jilly

    Thank you for this. :)

  • http://malwaretips.com/ Stelian Pilici

    Hello,
    FLV Player usually comes packed with a browser hijacker and adware. Now, I don’t known if you have any malicious programs on your computer, but if you have the time, doing this scan won’t do any harm…. Nevertheless, if are just looking to remove FLV Player, then Step 1 is enough!

    Stay safe!

    • Susan

      If you’ve got the thing popping up on all your browser windows, you might want to just get it done. It hides in several places and comes included with some other junk adware/malware. Going through all these steps makes sure it’s really all the way clean.